Family grateful for release of son and daughter-in-law from Venezuelan prison

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RIVERTON, Utah (News4utah) – The family of a Utah man and his wife, who have been in a Venezuelan prison for two years is elated at the news of their release. 

The attorney for the Holt family released a statement from Josh Holt’s family as they prepared to leave Utah and head to Washington D.C. to be reunited with their loved ones.

“As announced by the President, our son and his wife will be released today. We thank you for your collaboration during this time of anguish. We ask that you allow us to meet with our son and his wife before giving any interviews and statements. We are grateful to all who participated in this miracle.”

We will continue to bring you updates as Josh and Thamy Holt are re-united with their family around 7 p.m. Saturday at the White House in Washington D.C. 

They are currently traveling with Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn) who posted the following statement and picture to his twitter account: 

“I am pleased to join Senator Hatch in announcing the release of Josh and Thamy Holt,” said Corker. “Senator Hatch has worked tirelessly on the Holt family’s behalf, and I was honored to play a small role in bringing Josh and his wife home to the United States.”

“On a personal note, I would like to thank Caleb McCarry, an incredibly valued member of my staff, for his dogged determination. We would not have been successful without his involvement,” added Corker.

The news comes just after Laurie Holt said on her Facebook on Friday that the embassy was finally able to get in and see Josh and Thamy Holt and they were both in good spirits. 

“They have him a big mama bear tight hug from me. He and Thamy are currently together in an office room. It’s very hot. He is getting eaten by mosquitoes bad. Over 55 bites on his body. Seven just on his face. So they took him big spray repellent which seems to be helping” 

On May 16th Josh Holt sent a plea for help in a video posted on the “Justice for Josh” Facebook page, but said he was fine after the prison they were in was attacked. 

“I just wanted to ask and plea once again–to my government, to my people, to my senators, to everyone in the United States to please not leave me alone here,” Holt said. “I want my family to know that I’m doing okay and that nobody is doing any harm to me,” he added.

Several news agencies reported Helicoide, the prison where Holt was detained, was under attack and that “officials [were throwing] tear gas bombs at the families of the inmates inside the prison facilities.”

“I’m calling on the people of America. I need your help to get me out of this place,” Holt said in a video posted to the “Justice For Josh” Facebook group.

In 2016, Holt traveled to Venezuela to marry Thamara Candela. A short time later, he and his wife were arrested and accused of illegal possession of weapons. They had been held in prison ever since.

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